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Galifianakis, Funny or Die lead Webby winners

Galifianakis, Funny or Die lead Webby winners

May 4th, 2011 by JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer in News

NEW YORK (AP) - As a mock interview show host, Zach Galifianakis is accruing awards at the rate of a "60 Minutes" correspondent.

Galifianakis led the 15th annual Webby Awards on Tuesday with four awards for his Web series "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis." He won best Web personality/host, best comedy short and best online variety show. He won the latter in both the voter-chosen "People's Voice" category and the proper Webby Award category.

The Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of 750 Web experts as well as other Internet professionals.

Galifianakis' irreverent, sporadically released show, which appears on, is done in the style of a cable access show. Galifianakis, who was honored last year by the Webbys as best actor, belligerently and absurdly interviews celebrity guests.

Lisa Kudrow won two awards for her "Web Therapy" series. Arcade Fire's innovative "The Wilderness Downtown" music video also won two awards, as did the interactive "Johnny Cash Project." Both Web-based music videos were directed by Chris Milk.

Justin Bieber took the People's Voice award for best comedy video for his April Fool's takeover of as "Bieber or Die." The site's home page was remade with clips featuring Bieber in famous viral videos.

The comedy site, co-founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, earned a total of nine awards. That included the Webby for best humor site and a People's Voice award for Jim Carrey's performance as Ronald Reagan in the site's star-packed "Presidential Reunion" video.

The app sensation "Angry Birds" was chosen for best game, for both the Webby and the People's Voice award. The New Yorker's website won the Webby for best magazine site and for best copy/writing. PBS's iPad app was picked for best entertainment for a tablet. Conan O'Brien's won the Webby for best celebrity or fan website.

The New York Times, which recently began charging readers for access to its site, won three awards in how-to, travel and mobile. NPR won for best news site and for best radio/podcasts. Pandora won for best music site.

A full list of winners is available at Special recognition awards will be announced later.

The awards will be handed out in a ceremony in New York City on June 13. The Webbys are famous for their trademark brevity, with acceptance speeches limited to just five words.